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  1. I look for 2 things: 1. I look for specifically what the complaints are about - I remember one review a few years ago where the reviewer called her cruise the "Cruise from Hell". In the review I only found a complaint that on 2 occasions when the reviewer requested to have her salad dressing on the side, the waiter brought her salad with the dressing already on it. If that was her only complaint, I think it was a bit much to call the cruise the "cruise from hell". 2. You have to do a sanity check on the complaints - day before yesterday I read a review where the reviewer complained that they had the UBP but were charged tax and a 20% gratuity for each and every drink they ordered from a bar even after having paid the gratuity for the UDP. If they only ordered drinks while in port then they would have paid tax but they would not have had an additional 20% gratuity on top of the 20% for the UBP. These two are examples of what usually causes me to dismiss anything the reviewer may have to say. This is not to say that there are not legitimate complaints out there. Reviews I have read for cruises during Christmas/New Year's week, Easter week and basically the month of March had led me to steer away from cruising during these times. I try to do what I can to avoid situations that have led to bad experiences that others have experienced on a cruise.
  2. I don't find it strange in the least whether or not you know you will need it. I always like to know ahead of time just in case it is needed rather than wasting time trying to find it when needed. Haven't ever needed to go to the medical center but it always makes me feel better knowing where it is (just in case). I was also avidly following the posts on what to do if you get left behind at a port - I have no intention of missing departure (or even cutting it close) but I like to know what to do just in case.
  3. I also pack large plastic bags for putting dirty clothes into.
  4. Ginger candy and ginger snaps. Don't like taking Bonine and it does help settle the tummy.
  5. That's what I thought unless the ship was going backwards down the Hudson. That's why I always book a Starboard side balcony so that we can see the Statue of Liberty from our balcony on the way out of NYC.
  6. Triple check that you can, indeed, get them through the ship. See this story about a couple who were put off the ship in South Korea because they did not have the correct Visas - not NCL but still - https://www.thetravel.com/couple-kicked-off-cruise-stranded-south-korea/.
  7. I am on a desk top at the moment and I am seeing the same thing as mking8288.
  8. Thanks so much for the detailed review! I will be sailing on the Escape next month and I can't wait to read the rest of your review.
  9. I would like to second this. For a recent cruise on the Gem, we were given the option of bidding to go from non-Haven 2 bedroom suite to the Haven 2 bedroom suite. The minimum bid was $100 more total than upgrading outright. Naturally we passed on it since it was not worth an extra $1,200 just to have Haven access. The Jewel class Havens are not that great. We had all of the perks that the Gem Haven guests had with the exception of the Haven which had no restaurant or bar - just a tiny courtyard and basically a Koi pond without the Koi.
  10. If they are o.k. with the smaller bedroom and bathroom then, no problem. If they find the lower bed too small, they can always have the cabin steward pull down the bed that tucks into the ceiling and they both will have plenty of room.
  11. OP - how are you splitting the costs? If you are going 50-50 on the cost of the cabin, your friends may feel that they are getting the short end of the stick. In February, we were in the 2 bd. suite with my son in the small bedroom. He is 5'7" and 138 lbs and he said he could not imagine another adult in the bed. The lower bed is (at best) the size of a double bed. I don't know how comfortable that would be for a whole week for your friends. I would highly recommend the two separate suites if at all possible. Either way, enjoy your cruise! :cool:
  12. I was also underwhelmed by Teppanyaki. I think it is worth going once but I probably will not return unless they make some changes to the menu. The only seasoning on the food appears to be salt - pretty bland. I noticed that at every table each chef was telling the same canned jokes. One gentleman at my table finished one of the chef's jokes for him since he had just heard it 5 minutes before at the table behind him. To the OP's question, on Deck 11 port side all the way forward is an observation room where you can watch the officers on the bridge. The room is only open during daylight hours.
  13. Try this one. It is the closest I have found. https://www.burpy.com/walmart/great-value-asian-nut-crunch/product-detail/1874496
  14. I ate so much of that stuff on my last 2 cruises that I think my DH was embarrassed. The closest thing I have found is the Great Value brand Asian Nut Crunch. Walmart carries it and maybe a few other stores.
  15. Thanks so much for the review! Interesting about 5 O'Clock somewhere - when we were on the Escape in 2017 it was also closed every time we wanted to go check it out except for the outdoors portion. I also loved La Cucina. Bayamo, before the menu changed, used to be my favorite but La Cucina was my 2nd favorite. Everyone seems to like Tepankayi except me. I found the food to be underwhelming and under seasoned. I also found the jokes to be stale but I do think it would be entertaining for kids.
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